The web has become home to lots of strange claims and outlandish charges, all part of free speech. But some of the people affected by these cyber writings have tried to stifle this new form of expression on the internet. This program looks at several controversial stories which have led to censorship attempts. Topics covered include the Church of Scientology and its efforts to stop online stories critical of the church; the battle between McDonalds and mcspotlight.org, a site critical of McDonal...
If you are new to the idea of chat, nervous about joining in, or trying to set up a new chat community, here are some good ways of breaking the ice. Features Tribal Voice, Extempo Systems, Infoseek, and Talk City. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #241.
Keywords: Episodes: 2000; chat; chat room; 241
|Comic Books on the Web|
This early Net Cafe program looks at comic book web sites. Included are Jonah Weiland's Comic Book Links, Hellblazer, Sandman, DC Universe, Spawn, The Preacher, Swampthng, Hitman, The Tick, Loving Henry, and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. Guests include Alex Curyea, Kristen Brennan, Jhonen Vasquez and Shawn Sanders. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Includes CyberBlast segment, early experiment in downloading software through the television signal...
Keywords: comic books; comics
Downloads: 3,337 (1 review)
This week on NetCafé, we'll show you several web information sites that are examples of how anyone can start a conspiracy theory because the Internet provides an open and free forum for these theories to proliferate.
Keywords: Episodes: 2001
Downloads: 4,270 (4 reviews)
Did aliens land in Roswell? Were there others involved in JFK's assassination? Are organs being taken from prisoners in China and sold to rich patients needing transplants? We'll explore the World Wide Web to find out who thinks there are conspiracies taking place. Shot on location at the Club I cyber cafe in San Francisco. Originally broadcast in 1999.
Keywords: Episodes: 1999; conspiracy
Downloads: 7,929 (5 reviews)
|Consumer Protection Online|
As online buying grew, so did concern for consumer fraud on the web. This program looked at various ways to protect online consumers. Featured sites include bloomberg.com, privaseek.com, iescrow.com, consumernet.org, and consumer-action.org. Guests include Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Hosts are Andrew deVries and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1999 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California.
Keywords: fraud; consumer protection; ecommerce
|Cool Home Pages|
As the web grew in popularity, individuals started creating their own personal web sites. This program looked at several examples. Featured sites include homestead.com, shadowsong.com, aimnet.com, gamefun.com, and webpagesthatsuck.com. Guests include Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California...
Keywords: webmaster; home page; web site; 222
|Crime and Justice|
As the Internet gets to be a bigger part of our lives, it's perhaps inevitable that it has gained some of the vices of life, too. Having been a relatively benign place to meet people and hang out, the Web is now somewhere that sees its fair share of criminal behavior, and an often helpful medium for gaining knowledge on the topic.
Keywords: Episodes: 1999; crime; justice
One of the fast growing applications on the early internet was chat. This program looks at several approaches to online chatting. Featured sites include activeworlds.com, concretecam.simplenet.com, CU-SeeMe, talkcity.com, daveyd.com, and talk.excite.com. Featured guests include Larry Magid of the L.A. Times and Jo Kraus, cofounder of Excite, Inc. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet...
Keywords: community; chat; cyber; 212
One of the early uses of the Internet was to form virtual communities of people with common interests. This program looks at several early communities including The Mining Company (now about.com), HipBONE, PlanetOut, Yahoo Clubs, and GeoCities. Guests include Scott Kurnit, founder of The Mining Company, David Bohnett, founder of GeoCities, and Megan Smith, President & CEO of PlanetOut. Originally broadcast in 1998...
Keywords: geocities; about; mining company; 244
There is no doubt the Internet has changed the way people get their news. While the Net is offering new ways to get local news, it is also providing important world news for those who have moved away from their home community and culture. Features Salon, Knight Ridder Online, Digital High, and IndoLink. Guests include Gary Kamiya, Executive Editor of Salon, Bob Ingle, President of Knight Ridder New Media, and Rebecca Eisenberg of the San Francisco Chronicle...
Keywords: Episodes: 2000; news; cyber; 242
The major sports news and information sites are still very popular, with up to 5,000 sites devoted to the most popular sports. But now even obscure sports like Gaelic Football, HackySack, and Paddleball have multiple sites. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #243.
Keywords: Episodes: 1999; sports; cyber; 243
The internet spawned a new generation of writers who wrote about the Net and on the Net. This program features several well-known cyber writers including Brendan Kehoe, author of "Zen and the Art of the Internet". Also "St. Jude", author of "The Cyberpunk Fake Book", a guide to all things cyber. Another cyber writer named "R.U. Sirius", founder of Mondo 2000, talks about cyberpunk fiction and the techno culture...
Keywords: cyber fiction; cyberpunk; boing boing